English only, please

Marc G. Fournier scrappy at hub.org
Sun Jan 15 18:48:37 PST 2006

As of Nov 30th, 2005, the following URL:


Shows, in fact, that Chinese is "the /de facto/ /lingua Terra/", sorry to 
say ... English is the /de facto/ /lingua Internet/ though ...

Mandarin and Spanish are the top two languages ... Mandarin by a *very* 
large margin, Spanish by a close one ...

On Mon, 16 Jan 2006, Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:

> On Sunday, 15 January 2006 at 19:45:45 -0600, Kevin Kinsey wrote:
>> Greg 'groggy' Lehey wrote:
>>> On Sunday, 15 January 2006 at 16:49:27 -0600, Don Hinton wrote:
>>>> Where exactly does it say that this is an "english only" list?
>>> I suppose you have a point.  It's implicit; it should be spelt out.
>>> At http://www.freebsd.org/community/mailinglists.html you have a
>>> choice of "Mailing Lists" or "Non-English Mailing Lists".  -questions
>>> is under the former link; the Polish mailing lists are under the
>>> latter.  At
>>> http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/articles/freebsd-questions/
>>> there's a reference to an inability to speak English.  But we should
>>> really do something about writing a charter that makes it clear.
>>> Anybody feel like having a go?
>> A "virtual friend" of mine (Kiwi, but don't really know his name)
>> has written this for a programming forum I frequent:
>> " To those people for whom English is a foreign language, I can
>> only offer this: English is - for better or worse - the /de facto/
>> /lingua Terra/.
> Hmm.  I don't want to justify the choice of language, just state it.
> It's an interesting document, but I don't think it's what we want.
> Greg
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